THE BURIRAM BIG MATCH!! A must win situation.
The rivalry between these two clubs is legendary. For years they traded turns as champions, and in 2017 it’s a battle to see which club will be first to five titles. The rivalry is also partly based on regional differences, the “up-country” team from the provinces vs. the big city powerhouse. Buriram’s characteristic chairman, Newin Chidchob once said, “If we must lose, then lose to anyone but SCG Muangthong United.”
Buriram United are on fire, having won seven straight games, the last six clean sheets. The Kirin achieved the same rate of success at the start of the season, but have struggled recently, dropping to second spot, 4 points back of Buriram. There is no room left to lose, and today’s game is a key chance to close that gap.
PLAYERS TO WATCH - Buriram United
The Kirin are going to have to find a way to contain the Buriram Brazilians, Diogo Luís Santo (#40) and Jackson Avelino Coelho (#50). The strikers each have 16 goals this season, and are a big reason behind the club’s success. At the same time, Muangthong United will need to unlock the Buriram defense, finding their way around Venezuelan centre back Andres Nunez (#5), and Thailand national team defender Pansa Hemviboon (#3).
PLAYER TO WATCH - SCG MUANGTHONG UNITED
The attacking threat for the Kirin will come from another pair of Brazilian footballers, Leandro Assumpcao (#77) and Heberty Fernandes (#7). As well, team captain Teerasil Dangda (#10) has returned from injury just in time. Thai national defenders Tristan Do (#19) and former Buriram United fixture Teerathon Bunmathan (#3) will likely play an important role, overlapping into the attacking role down the wings.
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